Published: January 15, 2010
Mr. Spuck has written a summary of the impact of the Spitzer Teacher Program over its lifetime. He presented a poster on this at the January 2010 AAS.
The number and enthusiasm of the students at Oil City who have been involved in the Spitzer and now NITARP programs seems to have fundamentally changed the culture of the Oil City High School. The prom theme for 2010 will be "Space", which is at least in part a result of this program! He writes:
I can say this is not something I pushed... just something the kids came up with. But I do believe this is something that the Spitzer project played a big role in. Perhaps unknowingly. It helped to create a culture here in the Oil City community where the study of Space is pretty darn cool and obviously quite glamorous. :)
Mr. Spuck has taken another group of students to the KPNO 0.9m for observing. The project is an outgrowth of some of the science projects that were conducted last year.
Mr. Spuck has joined a new NITARP team as a mentor teacher. He looks forward to the new experiences on the new team.